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Rocco's Cafe
Rocco's Cafe

Rocco's Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.RoccosCafe.com
  • Phone: (415) 554-0522
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast:
    Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:30am
    Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Brunch:
    Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Don
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Whether it's a Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, or other Special Occasion, let Rocco's Catering do all the work! And remember, you also have these options:
    • Host your party here at Rocco's Café - on Sunday or Monday nights you can have Rocco's all to yourselves! (Minimum number of people 30, Maximum 50)
    • We prepare the food - you pick up or we deliver
    • We prepare the food - we deliver, set up, and provide service staff
  • Private Party Facilities: Host your party here at Rocco's Café! On Sunday or Monday nights you can have Rocco's all to yourselves! (Minimum number of people 30, Maximum 50)
  • Private Party Contact: Chef Don (415) 554-0522
  • Special Events & Promotions: Rocco's Cafe was recently featured on Food Network Channel's popular TV Show "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives". The show aired on June 15th, 2009 and repeats often.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 7th & 8th Sts.
  • Public Transit: Three blocks south from Civic Center BART station and Muni Station.

    #19 Muni Bus stops at 7th and Folsom inbound and 8th and Folsom outbound.

    #12 Muni Bus stops at 7th and Folsom

    #27 Muni Bus stops at 7th and Harrison (one block south)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample parking available on Folsom Street between 7th and 8th.
A word from Rocco's Cafe
Rocco's Café on Folsom Street is a neighborhood institution offering authentic, home-style Italian food with a taste of tradition. We have a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with brunch specials served all day Saturday and Sunday. Experience the excitement of an open kitchen. Rocco's is great for a casual lunch or a romantic dinner. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant was featured by Guy Fieri on "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives." It was a great dining experience for our first visit to San Francisco . . . homemade Italian dishes - we had one of the special features - Cheese Tortellini Alfredo topped with the house-marinated grilled chicken breast. It is a fabulous dish: mouth watering alfredo sauce pulled the whole dish together. We will do this one again and again. Excellent service!! This is a quaint cafe with a laid back atmosphere."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "Great food, food service slow even during quiet times, wait staff so-so- no sense of urgency. Food was very good, I was extremely surprised. Party of 4 and everyone liked the food. Good portions. Will return, especially when going to theater."
    Dined on 9/10/2014
  • "We chose Rocco's for a pre-theater dinner before seeing Motown. While the service was fine, the food was less than ordinary. The ravioli I ordered was nearly inedible and my daughter's pesto pasta was really ordinary. I can't understand all these great reviews."
    Dined on 9/2/2014
  • "Went here for an early dinner before a show. At 6:00 had the place to ourselves. The chicken marsala great as advertised. Fun with friendly service. Only complaint is no full bar but the Bloodhound next door is a fun neighborhood bar."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Rocco's is one of my favorite places to take visitors who prefer good Italian and American food to more adventurous fare. One very hungry guest had an enormous appetizer of marinara-covered polenta with tomatoes and followed it with eggplant parmigiana and sauteed vegetables. She was happily full. A chicken caesar was enough for me, and pasta marinara filled up my other guest. Another very nice meal with pleasant service."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We chose Rocco's based solely on the reviews on Open Table. We had no idea of restaurants in the area or where to go, so we felt comfortable choosing by 'Star Rating' Let me tell anyone out there in Open Table land, you will NOT BE DISAPPOINTED with Rocco's. It is located in a trendy area of San Francisco within walking distance of our hotel in SOMA area. The chicken marsala was the absolute best I've ever had!! Make sure to put this on your list! Not fancy Italian - Not fancy surroundings - Just GREAT food!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "My 2 friends & I went there for lunch, we had a fun time enjoying their food. We will come back for that."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I was traveling my niece in SF and found this on the hotel website. I liked the big menu and proximity to our hotel. Food and service were great. Would recommend to a friend if in that part of town."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • " Although parking was a bit challenging, we were glad that we circled the block a few times. We decided on the fried chicken and the steak salad for our entrees. Although the chicken was a bit darker on the frying, it was actually quite tasty. The salad was heavy on the dressing which made it soggy so it might be a good idea to ask for dressing on the side if a salad is ordered. The tables are very close together and we actually bumped elbows with the person next to us as we were eating. It was also very awkward when any of us got up without our rear ends too close to the neighboring tables (+ visa-versa). I would go back to try some of the other dishes that I saw close up- they looked very good."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The 4 of us went to Rocco's after an art show opening. Chicken Caesars wonderful as usual. Filet of sole sandwich a winner. New Wednesday special was a choice of 2 pizzas. One of our party ordered the "cheeseburger" pizza (the other was like a margharita pizza). That delayed our whole order, and the crust came borderline too burnt - which explained the smoky smell in the restaurant. Otherwise a very pleasant evening at what remains one of our SOMA go-to places. We'll be back, hoping that other kinds of specials will reduce the smoke level and not take so long to prepare."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "So, I've been going to Rocco's for YEARS. It's still great. I've had breakfast, lunch and dinner there several times over the years. I hope it never changes! I like to try their specials. I like ALL of their Italian and Pasta dishes. Sometimes I've just gotta have one of their great burgers! I love looking at all the photos of the different celebrities that have been there too."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We always have the best time and best food at Rocco's"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Went there before a Giant's game. Food was excellent. Fair price great service. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Second time to Rocco's after seeing it on the Triple D show. Had the Chicken Piccata and it was as good as the first time. I need to get here more often to try other things on the menu. I only get to San Francisco once a year, but make an effort to get here. Service was great and friendly. Food was fantastic. Sat at the bar watched the cooks do their magic."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Rocco's is my very favorite restaurant. I go here every chance I can. Whenever I run into someone visiting the city, even if I don't know them, I suggest they try Rocco's. Their Chicken Picatta is to die for."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "It use to be excellent, but this time the food was tasteless."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I have taken friends to Rocco's several times and have always had a delicious and filling meal. Chicken, fish, and pastas and their pairings are all excellent! It's a treat to sit at the bar and watch the chef and his assistants prepare the meals. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "After seeing this diner featured in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, I had quite lofty expectations and I was definitely not disappointed! The decor had my eyes wandering the entire restaurant and the food was superb. I watched as my linguine with clams and white cream sauce was prepared and it was like watching magic happen in front of my eyes. I loved being able to watch the food being prepared. The entire experience was amazing. I wish I could go back to SF just to eat there again!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The setting and the service were really great but the food was just okay. I had the sausage penne pasta which was supposed to be spicy, but was a bit bland overall. I tasted my husband's gnocchi which was also just kind of blah. My friend ordered the pepperoni pizza (served on wednesdays) which looked really yummy but I didn't taste it unfortunately."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Exceptional service, interesting menu, takes pub grub to new heights. A delightful dining experience"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The food was not so good. Bread rather dry, dipping oil terrible taste, eggplant parmesan was the worst I have ever had and the spaghetti was just ok. Not likely to ever return!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This is a great not expensive little neighborhood cafe. I always go there for breakfast meetings near the office. The coffee is good, the food is good, the price is good. The portion size is generous but OK. I like this place."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I was there on a business dinner. Can't say enough nice things for this restaurant. Good traditional Italian food, very good portions (not over kill), deliciousssss! Will go back again anytime."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We were going to Slims for a show and wanted to try a restaurant south of Market. Rocco's is like going back in time, it reminded my wife and I of childhood experiences in North Beach. The food was very good and we were assured there were not going to be vampires around that night because we both enjoyed allot of garlic!! We are going back!!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This is a great neighborhood Italian restaurant. It's very small, but very personable with pictures decorating all the walls. You can see the cooks preparing each meal fresh to order, and you can taste the freshness and food quality in each meal. I ordered the eggplant parmesan and my wife got shrimp linguine. It was by far the best meal we had in San Fran, and we had a lot of good meals. Our hotel was not familiar with the restaurant, but some locals we trusted highly recommended it to us and we are glad we tried it out. I highly recommend Rocco's Cafe to anyone wanting a great meal in a casual, small setting."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I had dinner with my husband and a friend and everyone enjoyed their food and service. The only draw back was the noise level and the smells from the open kitchen but otherwise a great place to eat"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Great place to watch your food made right in front of you, if you choose to sit at the counter. Food quality is amazing!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was excellent, it was served hot to our table. Every dish tasted fresh."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food .Don is the owner great chef and a nice guy"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "If you're looking for a quaint and quiet eatery to slowly sip and enjoy the ambiance, you're at the wrong joint. This cafe is a wonderful mix of making new friends - translated as elbow-to-elbow seating with complete strangers - yelling over the cacophony to place your order, and scents of deliciousness the likes of which are beyond mere words. The service is joyous and sincere. The attention paid by everyone from "Double D" to the bussers is only surpassed by the amazing food. The Chicken Marsala? I have never had better. Deep, rich, slightly tangy and wonderfully satisfying, be sure to use the crusty heels of your bread to get every bite."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a nice family weeknight dinner - solid food and attentive service."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 4 people, we arrived about 15 minutes ahead of our two friends who were joining us. There was an open table available and they weren't that busy, but we were left standing until about 5 minutes AFTER our friends arrived. That was kind of odd. Service was good except for the fact that no pre-meal bread was served until out actual meal came. Not a big deal, they just seemed to be having a bit of an off night service wise. Other than that, the food was delish as always. I had eggplant parm, my husband chicken parm (they don't have veal here, not sure why??) and our friends had chicken picatta and a yummy pasta dish with lots of scrumptious prawns. I always enjoy eating at Rocco's and look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "all of the people I take here love Rocco's... They have tried all sorts of things from the Polenta to the Chicken Pasta Specials.... But I just cannot go here and NOT get the Sauteed Chicken Parmesan. The chicken is perfectly done, the sauce is amazing and they put the perfect amount of cheese on top. So good. I have never tasted anything like it! LOVE ROCCO'S - the only thing better than the food is the fabulous staff. Friendly, smiling and attentive - they all very much seem to love what they do and what they put in front of you!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "I live in the neighborhood and Rocco's is my go to place - breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. The menu has solutions for any type of hunger. Watching the cooks dish out is like being at cooking school - you can watch what they are making, almost from scratch. The service staff are fantastic - they ensure you are well taken care of, and they are friendly. Rocco's has everything going - try it out."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Had visited Roccos before. Great service, food quality excellent with innovative chef presenting items with gusto. Our cioppinno was rich, full of crab, fish, mussels, spicy yet totally comfortable. Don, the owner circulates with small talk and contributes to the family/neighborhood feeling. Tight little spaces but everyone ends up in conversation about the food anyway. Price was higher than a visit one year earlier. 40 bucks for a bowl of cioppinno is not moderately priced in a restaurant of this bar/cafe status. I would still go back as the food was great! Reservations are accepted, a bonus for our group. Other restaurants are dropping the reservation option. Increasing a wait that might be extensive."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed the casual atmosphere and the friendly service. The food was plentiful and what we expected Italian food should be."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Rocco's is my favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco. The same waitstaff has worked there for years, which makes me especially happy because I believe that's proof the owner treats his employees well. And the service is always great--everyone is friendly, and I've never waited more than 10 minutes for a meal. As for the food...well, I always order the same dish, chicken picatta. Because it's buttery and lemony and a little salty from the capers. And it's my favorite Italian dish. Just thinking about Rocco's chicken picatta makes my mouth water, and I could eat it every night."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. Not only is the food good but the service is the best I have ever received anywhere. Before our dinner, we each ordered the Rocco's salad with crumbled blue cheese and it was only $5.50. It was large and in any other restaurant, this type and size salad would have been $10-$12."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "A great funky neighborhood treasure trove of excellent food and true SF memorabilia. Every square inch of wall space is covered with old family pics, old celebrities photos, local sports other San Francisco pictures. The food was superb and the quantities were more that generous. The house speciality chicken marsala was the best i've ever had."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I love taking people to Rocco's Cafe! As I tell the wonderful waitresses and wait staff - they are fabulous. And the food is always perfect. I always get the Sauteed Chicken Parmesan becuase it is FABULOUS. So I have to rely on my friends to tell me that everything else is fabulous as well. I love Rocco's!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
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